A division bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, including Justice Rakesh Kumar and Justice J Uma Devi, found that the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the state police had failed to take appropriate action against those making disparaging remarks against the judiciary, hence for a fair inquiry The case is being handed over to the CBI.
The bench directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry, initiate action against the accused and submit the report to the High Court within eight weeks. The court has asked the state government to extend all assistance to the CBI in the investigation of the case.
On 8 October, the High Court concluded the debate on the petition filed by the Registrar General, saying that the CID had not taken any action on the complaints of abusive posts against the judges on social media platforms. According to Laxmi Narayan, senior advocate of the High Court, the court had observed that the CID had registered an FIR only on some social media activists, although over 90 people had made derogatory remarks against the judiciary for bribing against the state government. .
“The CID also failed to remove derogatory comments on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They also did not take any action against YSRC leaders who made comments against the judiciary,” he said.
During the hearing, the court bench found the alleged remarks made by the Speaker against the judiciary, among others, Assembly Speaker Tammineni Sitaram, Deputy Chief Minister Narayana Swamy, MP Vijayasai Reddy and N Suresh and former MLA Amanchi Krishnamohan. He found it to be a direct attack on the judiciary.
It was also seen that CID was registering cases against people who were criticizing the government on social media for not taking action on specific complaints by the High Court. Advocate General Shriram and CID counsel Niranjan Reddy said that they have no objection if the court orders a CBI inquiry without drawing any conclusion on the CID.